A secret dining room tucked into the back of The Cosmopolitan in Sin City that serves more than 20 courses and seats just eight diners has been named the best hotel restaurant in the world by a popular food blog.
It's called é, and like the brevity of its name, the restaurant itself has been widely described as a beacon of discretion in a city of flashy lights. Set within chef José Andrés' restaurant Jaleo, a visit to the exclusive eatery requires an escort away from the main restaurant, down a long corridor and into a hidden dining space and reservations must be made about three months in advance.
Its online presence is minimal, with the exception of a blurb buried within Jaleo's restaurant description where it's called a "secluded setting."
And according to a panel of bloggers, restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers selected by The Daily Meal, the open-kitchen restaurant helmed by celebrity chef José Andrés is the best in show, beating out Michelin-starred eateries and longstanding hotel landmarks around the world.
For the list of top 100 hotel restaurants, establishments had to have a minimum of 15 rooms. Eateries come from more than 50 countries and represent 80 cities around the world.
If the é dining concept sounds familiar, that's because Andrés' Washington D.C. restaurant minibar is also hinged on the same idea, serving multi-course avant-garde dishes that challenge diners to rethink traditional notions of food.
Meanwhile, conspicuously missing on the list are a few notable hotel restaurants such as celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's eatery Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel in London, which was promoted from one to two stars in the latest Michelin guide, and Amber, a dining hotspot at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong which also holds two stars.
Here are the top 10 hotel restaurants according to The Daily Meal:
é by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas, Nevada)
El Motel Restaurant at Hotel Empordà (Figueres, Spain)
Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Felix at The Peninsula Hotel (Hong Kong)
Emiliano Restaurant at Emiliano (São Paulo)
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel (Carmel, California)
Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)
Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Epicure at Le Bristol (Paris)
- Man Wah at Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong)
For the full list, visit http://www.thedailymeal.com/.